After six straight seasons entering training camp with Clinton Portis as the Redskins' presumed starting running back, the position is a bit more up in the air this season. And as free agency continues, the battle for the starting job could become even more interesting.
There's a Pro Football Talk report this morning that indicated the Redskins might be in the hunt for the services of running back Ahmad Bradshaw. It's a little bit difficult to tell if this is a serious overture on Washington's part or whether Bradshaw's agent might be trying to prod the New York Giants into action.
Bradshaw has been with the Giants for four years but last season marked his first 1,000-yard rushing campaign, when he was promoted ahead of Brandon Jacobs on the depth chart. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry and rushed for eight touchdowns last season.
He was a former seventh-round pick out of Marshall for the Giants who had only started one game before last season.
Bradshaw would immediately give the Redskins a rusher with some credentials. They opened camp with six running backs: Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams, James Davis, Shaun Draughn (an undrafted rookie) and draft picks Roy Helu and Evan Royster.
Replacing an injured Portis last season, Torain started eight games and finished the year with 742 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. He had a 172-yard game against Tampa Bay but also missed four games due to injury.